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As a busy mama and wife, I do not get the chance to read books very often. I love to browse through the latest Cosmo or those trashy entertainment gossip mags, but when it comes to books, I rarely have time to ever finish them. That is why I don't commit myself to reviewing books often. But, when I was contacted to review the new book "Resurrecting Anthony: A True Story of Courage and Destination", there was no way I could pass it up. Just hearing a small piece on what this story was about really touched my heart. I had to read this book.
As parents, a lot of times we get so busy, we forget to count our blessings and realize how lucky we are to have healthy children. It has always been my biggest fear that something would happen to one of my kids. This fear started when I was pregnant with my first, and has not stopped since. And that terrible fear came true for Linda and Tony Cole, the co-authors of this book.
Tony and Linda Cole were living the American Dream—a successful national training and consulting company, a nice home, a close-knit circle of friends and a loving family.
Then came the call every parent dreads.
There twelve-year-old son Anthony had collapsed on the school playground. In the ensuing panic-stricken moments Anthony lay motionless, unconscious, not breathing. These critical minutes without oxygen left his brain damaged. In one heartbreaking afternoon their idyllic world was shattered and the son that Tony and Linda Cole knew was gone.
Resurrecting Anthony is the true, inspiring story of an unexpected tragedy that steals a child from his family and initially leaves them full of grief and sorrow. It reveals the Cole family’s incredible devotion and determination—despite the medical evidence and advice of health professionals—to return Anthony to his previous self.
Steadfast and single-minded of purpose, Tony Cole tries to balance stressful business demands and the emotional dynamics of a devastated family as he desperately tries to bring his son back.
Ultimately, it is a story of courage—the courage to summon inner strength to make hard decisions, the courage to do what must be done, and finally the courage to accept a new life and family
I don't want to be a spoiler, so I won't go into any more detail about this emotional story. This was a tough book to read, but only because it made me cry. I had a hard time putting it down, because I kept wanting to know what came next. I have to say that even though this book is a tear-jerker, it is so inspiring at the same time. This story is told by the father, Tony Cole. I really like how he tells about all aspects of what the family went through. He talks about how it affected not only the entire family, but also how it put pressure on his and Linda's marriage. It goes on to tell about their daughter, Alex, and how she felt about the tragedy. The entire family has so much strength and devotion, and always kept little Anthony's recovery as the number one priority.
This is a book I absolutely recommend to everyone. It's something that anyone with children should read. Nobody wants to think that something like this could happen, but unfortunately, it could. Another great thing about this book is that is has a bunch of references, should you ever need them.
"Resurrecting Anthony" will definitely make you want to grab your kiddos and hug them forever.
You can purchase "Resurrecting Anthony: A True Story of Courage and Destination" at any major bookstore or you can go HERE to buy it at Amazon. You can get the book for under $15, so go now and get it! You can also find lots more information on "Resurrecting Anthony" at their website http://www.resurrectinganthony.com/.
The Cole's also have another book series, "Personal Courage Series". It is a series of books that is shared by "ordinary people with extraordinary stories". Each book in the series contains various short stories that deal with life crisis, such as loss of spouse, a devastating medical condition such as cancer, and even includes stories about addiction, abuse, and eating disorders. One thing that is really great about this series, is that anybody can submit their story, and it may be chosen to be published in the books. You can find more information HERE.
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